Vince Wilfork's first words on the opening day of training camp went to Odin Lloyd. With the young man buried not one month ago and former Patriot Aaron Hernandez sitting in jail on murder charges New England's defense was the least important topic of the day. "It's real life" Wilfork said with a frown. "I think sometimes we get caught up in doing what we do -- if it's your profession playing football or whatever it may be. But like I said this is real life. This is a real life situation. Someone lost a loved one someone lost a friend a son. And it's tough." That point prioritized the nose tackle took a breath and drew up the full picture. "Football is an outlet for us. When we come here we expect to play football we get away from everything. And it's started; training camp is here. But to come in to training camp on a note like this is tough. At the same time we have to continue to do our job. We're not going to disrespect anything that's going on with the families but we do have to play football. Our job is to play football." The reason Wilfork's opinion on Hernandez was sought is because the two were teammates. He was available to give that opinion because the Patriots reported to training camp today. He stood wearing shorts and a jersey on the sidelines of a practice field. A sense of duty or maybe obligation made Wilfork address Aaron Hernandez's arrest this time. But one man now plays football for New England and the other does not. The Hernandez association has ended and after Wednesday so will the answers.
Wilfork: Patriots must 'ignore the noise'
NBC Sports Boston | Jul 26